Eudora Duplexes and baseball were the main items of business at Monday's Eudora City Council meeting.
Extra chairs were needed to accommodate about 40 residents interested in the Eudora City Council's action on possible construction of a duplex near the Eudora Nursing Center.
In 1986, the council approved a rezoning plan for the nursing home board to build seven duplexes around the center, 1415 Maple St. The first building was constructed in 1988. No more structures have been built and a two-month moratorium on building had been approved by the council in August.
The end of the moratorium brought about renewed interest from neighbors of the center.
Fred Freeland spoke for a group of residents of a southeast Eudora neighborhood. He said the residents were concerned about zoning for land surrounding the center.
Freeland asked the council for protection in the form of notification and opportunity for input and objection to any more duplex construction.
"How can we protect ourselves against general usage duplexes jammed into this property?" Freeland asked.
Mayor James Hoover said that the owners of the property would have to submit a new request for any building.
"The master plan will not fly," Hoover said. "They will have to come up with a new site plan."
Since no plans had been submitted or action requested by the property owners, the council took no action.
The council voted to allot $5,000 to improve the playing surface of three baseball fields so the Eudora Amateur Baseball Assn. can sponsor the state Babe Ruth Tournament next summer. The amount matches the Eudora school board's contribution.
The city fields are used by both City Recreation Commission sports and school activities.
Gary Malburg, city superintendent, and Matt Daigh, the school district's director of transportation and grounds, will coordinate the project.
The council also approved buying two 1997 Ford patrol cars for $19,481.50 each. One car will be paid for from the budget in each of the next two years.
Richard Campbell was appointed chairman for the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund, to which the council donated $500.
The Eudora Chamber of Commerce received $400 from the city for the Christmas Tree Lighting Contest.